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  1. Chinese Language Screening

    October 25 2016

    Please click on the title above for full info on the upcoming Chinese Language screening sessions.

  2. Korean Speech Contest

    October 24 2016

    Please click above to find the sign up form for the 2016 Korean Speech Contest!

  3. Japanese Placement Tests 2016 2017

    August 15 2016

    Japanese Placement Tests for Fall 2016 Winter 2017 have been scheduled. Seats are limited - please register early!

  4. Hindi

    August 10 2016

    There is still space in Hindi 111 and 211. Start learning the fourth most commonly spoken language in the world. Please click on the above title for full couse details.

  5. Course on Japanese Film Fall 2016

    May 04 2016

    FS 412: THE YAKUZA/JAPANESE GANGSTER FILM: SUZUKI, KITANO, MIIKE This course can be counted towards an East Asian Studies major as a related East Asian content course, and the instructor is prepared to waive the FS 100 prerequisite for students from the Department of East Asian Studies. Please see the poster for details.

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About us

The Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Alberta offers degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate level in Chinese and Japanese language, linguistics, and literature. As the only university department between Toronto and Vancouver devoted solely to the study of East Asia, we provide our students with a valuable opportunity to build a solid foundation for a career involving this exciting and economically vigorous part of the world.

Message from the Chair

Welcome to the Department of East Asian Studies; one of the most dynamic and exciting departments in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta. We offer courses on the languages and cultures of China, Japan and Korea at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Courses on East Asia have been offered regularly at the University of Alberta since 1961, making our programme one of the oldest in Western Canada. East Asia-related courses at the University of Alberta were originally offered within the Department of History and Classics, but in response to the increasing demand for courses on East Asia an independent Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures was formed in 1981. Renamed the Department of East Asian Studies in 1994 to reflect the expanded range of topics covered in its courses, the department has continued to grow steadily and now boasts record enrolments in its language and culture courses. In the past five years, our Korea courses have experienced an especially dramatic increase in student interest, and we are working hard to meet that demand, in part by adding a new faculty member for the 2016-17 academic year.Read more...